Sen. Mitt Romney?

Orrin Hatch

This bit of speculation has been kicking around for the past little while after Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch made the mistake of saying if he did decide not to run in 2018 Mitt Romney would be an ideal replacement.

Now, everyone is pushing Hatch towards the door.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Friday that he has spoken with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about running for the Senate from Utah if the state’s senior senator, Orrin G. Hatch, does not seek an eighth term.

“I’ve had some conversations with Mitt Romney. Obviously, I am an Orrin Hatch supporter. … If [Hatch] wants to run again, I’m for him,” McConnell said.

One problem is that Hatch is still saying he intends to run, though he thinks Romney

Mitt Romney

would be swell. And barring something unforeseen and catastrophic Romney would win the seat if Hatch cleared the way.

I guess when you’re 83, as Hatch is, and you represent a safe Republican seat and one of the most popular Utahans in recent memory is waiting in the wings, you might want to temper your gushing.

I’m not fan of Mittens, but the way he sucked up to Trump after the election presumably in search of work was truly disgusting – especially consider his prior criticism. It’s hard to believe he’d be much of a counterweight to whatever it is Trump thinks he’s doing in Washington.


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